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Legalize It!

Pot is now America’s biggest cash crop, by a wide margin. That’s right:

Nationwide, the estimated cannabis production of $35.8 billion exceeds corn ($23 billion), soybeans ($17.6 billion) and hay ($12.2 billion), according to Gettman’s findings.

70 years after Reefer Madness, and 40 years after the tumultuous ’60s, marijuana is as American as apple pie–and more lucrative. Where is the massive social damage claimed by cannibis detractors??

It’s been shown to be far less harmful than American’s legal drugs of choice, Alcohol and Tobacco. End drug prohibition. Raise some needed tax revenue. Empty our prisons of innocent drug offenders. Legalize it!!


Comments (4 comments)

TheGayBlackJew / December 20th, 2006, 9:37 am / #1

I have a tendency to blame Christianity for just about everything wrong in our society. Like drug prohibition. Once you base your life on a fantasy (Jesus) and stake absurd claims to a higher moral ground (pro-life, anti-gay marriage, etc.) it sets the mental psychosis necessary to continue policies that are proven to be ineffective…just like abstinence only sex ed…drug prohibition is a similar willful disregard for facts.

The Drug War does more harm than good, and the people most qualified to study its effects, like sociologists, tend to favor decriminalization or legalization. But the dominant Christian views on drug use paralyze politicians and policy…

Good anti-drug war opinion column on Fox News, of all places: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,237283,00.html

Aaron Kinney / December 20th, 2006, 10:01 am / #2

My God, it should be so plainly obvious now to even the most retarded conservative that this drug war is a total abysmal failure. We have our Guvernator declaing emergencies over prison crwoding because of the worthless drug war. We have needless deaths and needless incarcerations. We have criminal empires built and thriving solely because of the governments policy towards drugs.

AT LEAST legalize marijuana. It is the only option. It is the humane thing to do.

Adron / December 21st, 2006, 11:30 am / #3

Wow. Ya know, I believe it is really big, and vastly more financially lucrative (primarily because it is illegal). But I doubt that the physical crop is even remotely close to the others stated. It literally takes hundreds of trains (we’re talking 80-120 cars) to transport the grain crop of America to various ports etc.

But regardless… the point being made is it makes a SHIT TON of money and is far more valuable legalized, and most likely far more harmless legalized then illegal.

Doris Tracey / July 31st, 2015, 1:08 pm / #4

I don't think marijuana should be legal or illegal. If people want this weed then let them knock themselves out. I don't think marijuana is an herb. I wonder if marijuana would destroy our natural endorphins? Under the constitution the people have to decide and use their conscience and free will. Our country has been going to pot anyway.

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